Senior Social Worker - Therapeutic and Emotional Support Service (TESS)
  • Employer: Birmingham Children's Trust
  • Reference: BCT/22/212438
  • Published: Fri 23/09/2022, 8:59 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 16/10/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.5 hours per week
  • Salary: £36,371 - £44,624 (Plus a relocation package of up to £8,000. Terms & conditions will apply).
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham, Birmingham

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Senior Social Worker - Therapeutic and Emotional Support Service (TESS)


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Senior Social Worker, with a keen interest in supporting children and young people in care and those who have left care, to join our therapeutic and emotional support service: TESS.

TESS is an emotional wellbeing service that offers assessment and a wide range of individual, dyadic and group interventions to Birmingham’s children in care, their parents/foster carers and care leavers up to the age of 25 years. The role will involve supporting children and young people who have experienced early adversity and present with attachment/complex trauma related difficulties. TESS also provides consultation and support to the professional network.

We are keen to recruit someone that is interested in joining a team whose area of focus is working with care experienced young people and unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people.  The post holder will be joining a friendly, supportive, very well established and highly regarded multi-disciplinary team, offering art therapy, clinical psychology, systemic family therapy, play therapy, and other therapeutic social workers trained in a variety of models (e.g. DDP, CBT, DBT, etc). A wide range of approaches and models are utilised within the service to best meet the needs of the individual child and/or family, and innovative and creative working is encouraged.

We work with children across Birmingham from a wide range of age groups, ethnicities, backgrounds and experiences. Our workforce represents the diverse families of Birmingham. Young people experience a wide spectrum of concerns, including issues of separation and loss, emotional, behavioural and neurodevelopmental difficulties, mental health issues and developmental trauma.  We work closely with the network, other agencies and local services to improve the lives of children in care. Teamwork and multi-agency work are crucial to this role.

If you have experience of working with children and young people, care leavers, or unaccompanied asylum seeking young people, are positive, passionate and committed to making a difference and enjoy the challenge this brings, we would like to hear form you.  We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate an interest in evidence-based practice and research and who are keen to develop their knowledge. If you can work independently as well as being part of a team, we would like to hear from you.

We will provide you with access to training, regular professional supervision, and on-going support.

In order to be considered for this role please complete an application form demonstrating how you meet the competencies required as outlined in the attached person specification.  CVs will not be accepted.

For more information please contact Davinia Burrell, TESS Team Manager:

Closing date: 16th October 2022

Interviews will take place on: 2nd November 2022

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